Panama airport ready to become new hub for Americas

9/20/2018 8:23:51 AM

Tocumen International Airport in Panama City is undergoing a large expansion to become an important new hub for central and South America. Construction companies are currently building a new terminal that will increase the airport’s handling capacity to 20 million per year.

The expansion of Tocumen International Airport in Panama City (total investment: $1.4 billion) is set to revitalise the aviation landscape in Central America, AirportWorld reports. The expansion involves 85,000 sqm of new buildings, 20 new boarding gates, improved customs facilities and a new baggage-handling system. When the expanded airport opens next year, the number of gates will total 68 gates.

The new terminal is said to be inspired by the Panamanian landscape. At the heart of the new airport is a lush open garden, planted with the trees and flora of Panama’s tropical forests, visible within a curved glass enclosure.

As this is to become a true hub – designed to meet the needs of transit passengers – the terminal’s layout minimises connection times, with strong visual connections across the airport to allow intuitive wayfinding.

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